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Ukraine replace: American artillery headed to Ukraine

Iraqi forces hearth a M109 howitzer at ISIS positions 20 miles away. Ukraine wants this ASAP.

Have you ever learn Mark Sumner’s Ukraine replace on luck on the battlefield? It was excellent! I positive do love a well-written historical past schooling! 

With rain fixing the battlefield in place, final evening’s massive information was america’ announcement that its subsequent massive cargo was being formulated. Each the $800 million assist bundle and the $100 million in Javelin anti-tank missiles can be absolutely delivered by the top of the week, thus the Pentagon is now formulating its subsequent bundle, this one delivering $750 million worth of equipment. The U.S. has already donated gear price $2.4 million. This bundle doesn’t require congressional approval. Listed here are the 2 headliners of this new bundle:

HMMWV (Humvee)

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U.S. Military Humvees patrolling northern Syria in 2017.

As I previously wrote, Humvees are a implausible addition to the Ukrainian military, and america has hundreds of them sitting in storage as they get changed by a new-generation car. Ukraine already fielded the car, so that they have experience operating and sustaining them. It’s not a brand new system, and on condition that Humvees have been included within the earlier $800 million bundle, that is including to an current and rising stockpile.

The Humvee can be much more cellular than among the rickety commandeered civilian autos presently utilized by many Ukrainian items, and might be of explicit use to Ukrainian particular operation forces operating behind enemy lines at evening. However to be clear, they’re not proof against mud, as this explicit crew discovered whereas patrolling the Rio Grande valley down on the Mexican border. 

a military Humvee can be seen mired in the mud on the banks of the Rio Grande on November 18, 2018. - Soldiers from the Kentucky-based 19th Engineer Battalion are working in Laredo to install fencing as part of a military deployment ordered by President Donald Trump to harden the US-Mexico border and provide engineering and logistical support to Customs and Border Protection agents. (Photo by Thomas WATKINS / AFP)        (Photo credit should read THOMAS WATKINS/AFP via Getty Images)
Nationwide Guard Humvee had some mud points whereas patrolling the U.S.-Mexico border.

Humvees may be modded out to no finish—together with mounting anti-tank missiles for quick shoot-and-scoot ambushes. Ideally, each Ukrainian infantry squad would have a number of of those. It’s unattainable to ship too lots of them.

However much more thrilling …


BERGEN, GERMANY - FEBRUARY 12: Members of the German Army (Bundeswehr) load an M109 artillery tank from a rail car on to a heavy goods transporter at the Bergen Hohne training facility as part of preparations for the Defender 2020 international military exercises on February 12, 2020 near Bergen, Germany. Defender 2020 is a U.S.-led series of international military exercises that will involve 37,000 troops and take place in countries including Germany, Poland, Lithuania and Estonia in the spring of 2020. (Photo by Alexander Koerner/Getty Images)
German M109 self-propelled howitzer. The U.S. has lots it may ship Ukraine.

I’ve argued that america ought to facilitate the switch of the practically 1,000 Soviet-era 2S1 Gvozdika self-propelled artillery weapons in NATO inventory, as Ukraine already operates them in its arsenal. Keep in mind, having to study a brand new system delays deployment and makes it exponentially tougher to take care of and assist. Whereas america doesn’t have any of those in its arsenal, it could actually “backfill” allies with extra trendy western NATO-standard choices. 

At yesterday’s press gaggle, White Home Press Secretary Jen Psaki said: “We’re working to supply the Ukrainians with artillery methods that they’ve lately requested in conversations between our governments. And we’re working to supply them with artillery from U.S. shares but in addition to facilitate the switch from different allies and companions as properly, as we did with the S-300 and the backfill of the Patriot battery system.” 

That is fairly the shock. Sure, the U.S. is engaged on getting Ukraine the identical methods they’re already conversant in, however—and that is vital—they’re additionally sending American artillery. Any fears about sending “heavy” gear or “offensive” gear have evaporated. The one query now could be, “Can Ukraine make use of this ASAP?” The US has hundreds of M109 self-propelled howitzers in storage, and the system is ubiquitous in NATO armies, lots of that are within the technique of changing them. Germany alone has reportedly phased out 570 of them, Italy 221, the Netherlands 126, and Belgium round 100. If Ukraine has to study any new system, with dramatic potential affect on the battlefield, that is it. Nothing else comes shut. 

The M109 (and all NATO heavy artillery) aren’t appropriate with the munitions presently in Ukrainian arms. An entire new logistical chain should be constructed to assist these within the subject. However, it permits Western NATO nations to assist provide ammunition, together with sensible rounds just like the GPS-guided Excalibur artillery shells. Ukraine has a home-grown laser-guided artillery spherical it has used to nice impact (examples here).

These guided shells are an excellent greater recreation changer than the Switchblade suicide drones we’re so enthusiastic about. Ukraine is simply getting 100 of the tank-busting Switchblade 600, seemingly as a result of it’s a brand new weapon and the U.S. merely doesn’t have many in its arsenal. However laser-guided artillery munitions? 1000’s are sitting in American and allied storage depots. The Excalibur has a spread of 22 to 35 miles relying on variant, and is designed particularly for use in civilian areas (like cities) the place minimizing collateral injury is of paramount significance. Think about how helpful that can be in liberating cities like Kherson and Melitopol, and hopefully extra down the road. New variants have further laser steerage.

And for those who’re fantasizing about taking out murderous Russian artillery, the 2S1 Gvozdika howitzers that make up the majority of Russia’s heavy artillery have a spread of 9 to 14 miles. Russian GRAD MLRS have a spread of 12 to 19 miles, relying on the ammo. All of these can be properly inside vary of guided 155mm rounds. Dumb rounds have a spread of 8 to 13 miles relying on variants.   

The catch? Price. A dumb 155mm NATO-standard artillery shell prices round $1,000. The Excalibur prices $112,000 per spherical. So a mixture of sensible and dumb shells is the almost definitely end result. Germany has its personal guided 155mm shells, the SMArt 155 laser-guided artillery spherical (17 mile vary), which may additionally discover its approach into Ukrainian arms if Germany ever will get its head out of its ass and commits absolutely to the struggle effort.

Now examine this out: 


Nah, these M109s and supporting autos aren’t going to Ukraine. That is American gear, deploying to Poland or one of many Baltic nations as a part of NATO’s reinforcement of its jap flank. However quickly, hopefully, considered one of these will really be Ukraine-bound. 

Wait, did somebody say one thing about helicopters?

A Russian made MI-17 helicopter, marked with a red star, supporting private Russian forces, Rwandans and loyalist forces, fly over the region of Boali, considered as the gateway to Bangui, on January 10, 2021. (Photo by FLORENT VERGNES / AFP) (Photo by FLORENT VERGNES/AFP via Getty Images)
Russian Mi-17 helicopter.

Authentic reviews claimed that the Pentagon was including assault helicopters to this bundle. Not lengthy after, the helicopters have been struck from the listing. Contemplating that they have been speaking about Mi-17 transport helicopters modded with assault methods, that is smart. To start with, any such modification would take time (and might be included in a future bundle, able to roll), and second of all … america has Russian-built helicopters? Seems yes, from again in 2011:

In a turnabout from the Chilly Warfare, when the CIA gave Stinger missiles to Afghan rebels to shoot down Soviet helicopters, the Pentagon has spent $648 million to purchase or refurbish 31 Russian Mi-17 transport helicopters for the Afghan Nationwide Military Air Corps. The Protection Division is in search of to purchase 10 extra of the Mi-17s subsequent 12 months, and had deliberate to purchase dozens extra over the following decade.

The 2014 Russian annexation of Crimea would’ve ended such purchases, however there are reviews that the U.S. Military operates the helicopters for its particular forces, obscuring their actions in places the place Soviet-era gear predominates. And it seems that the U.S. already handed over five Mi-17s to Ukraine that beforehand belonged to the Afghan army. I couldn’t discover data on what is perhaps left in U.S. arms, nevertheless it’s clearly one thing in the event that they have been into consideration. 

Nonetheless, with out air cowl, helicopters are terribly weak to Russian plane and missile methods, and particularly so on the Donbas entrance, near Russia’s one zone with bona fide air superiority.

And the ‘Coastal Protection Drones’?

The Washington Submit reported that “coastal protection drones” might be a part of the bundle. No clue what that’s about. By no means heard of such a factor, and a few fast googling got here up with nothing. I truthfully don’t suppose they exist, and I’m guessing the reporter misunderstood (like calling a howitzer a “tank”). So … perhaps common drones? Or extra Switchblades? Extra of these can be good. 

Subsequent on the want listing?

Now that the taboo in opposition to “heavy” weapons is shattered, let’s get the M2 Bradley Infantry Fighting Vehicle into Ukrainian arms. It’s being phased out of the U.S. Military, and there are hundreds obtainable for gifting.

A US Bradley Fighting Vehicle (BFV) drives during a joint military exercise between the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) and the US-led international coalition against the Islamic State (IS) group, in the countryside of Deir Ezzor in northeastern Syria on December 7, 2021. (Photo by Delil souleiman / AFP) (Photo by DELIL SOULEIMAN/AFP via Getty Images)
American M-2 Bradley working in Syria.

The Bradley is nowhere close to as tough and sophisticated to take care of and provide as a contemporary fight tank, it may be mounted with tank-killing missile methods, it could actually shield infantry through the type of open floor fight we’re seeing in south and east Ukraine, and it could actually extra safely transport infantry to fight zones than softer-skinned autos (together with by defensive Russian artillery barrages). To get a way to how a lot less complicated the Bradley is, the coaching program to take care of it is 12 weeks, whereas it’s six months for the M-1 Abrams tank. And the Bradley makes use of common diesel, not jet gasoline just like the Abrams.

(In case you’re questioning, a U.S. Military artillery mechanic has a 15-week coaching program. Sustaining the Bradley is easier than the M109 system. It does imply fielding the M109 has an actual coaching curve.)

Wednesday, Apr 13, 2022 · 1:16:42 PM +00:00

Mark Sumner

Data is every thing. Watch what these MLRS methods are in a position to do once they have an correct goal. The methods firing the missiles themselves aren’t even in sight of the goal, however because of the to-the-meter data supplied by the drones, they’re able to direct the hearth from miles away with completely astounding accuracy.

Plus … Ukrainian music.


Wednesday, Apr 13, 2022 · 1:19:31 PM +00:00

Mark Sumner

And talking of knowledge, these photos from industrial satellite tv for pc imagery agency Maxar present some unbelievable element. They provide a way of simply how a lot data U.S. intelligence is ready to present  the Ukrainian protection ministry in terms of the motion of Russian forces.

Regardless of the label that the forces proven listed here are transferring towards Ukraine in western Russia, the fourth picture really seems to be inside Ukraine, southeast of Kharkiv.


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